Leonardo DiCaprio is Turning His Private Island into an Eco-Resort
Leonardo DiCaprio is a lot of things—actor, environmentalist, ultimate man of leisure—and now he’s looking to add one more: eco-resort hotelier. In 2005, he was just another celebrity purchasing a personal island to add to his growing roster of properties—in this case a $1.75 million, 104-acre isle known as Belize’s Blackadore Caye.
In 2007, he teased the idea of turning it into an eco-resort, thought it wasn’t until this month that the actor made an announcement that, come 2018, chez DiCaprio will become full-fledged, environmentally-conscious luxury lodgings.
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You can expect a total of 116 accommodations, including 68 resort villas and 48 private homes—some of which will be built on top of the water by way of a network of docks. Looking to pick up one of the highly sought-after permanent addresses? Hotel Chatter says prices start at $5 million.
With DiCaprio’s previous philanthropic dedication to protecting the Earth’s wildlife and spaces, it makes sense that this green sensibility would translate to his hotel endeavor. The area on which the resort will live has reportedly suffered from overfishing and sand erosion. So, in addition to the accommodations that will be located over the water, DiCaprio plans on creating artificial reefs with “fish shelters,” and building a nursery for marine grass to help rehabilitate the area.
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